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I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Daily Links Oct 22

Wentworth result won’t prompt climate rethink, says Frydenberg. The rethink should have been prompted long before the Wentworth byelection but after it, it ought to be bleedingly obvious what people want! Representative democracy assumes responsible and responsive government.

Daily Links Oct 21

‘The only way to deal with global warming is to tackle global warming’. Giving nearly a half billion dollars to a group led by a board comprising resource industry people to ‘climate-proof’ the Reef without tackling causes of global warming is just waste, so little wonder a marketing campaign re the climate- proofing has been pulled. We might see some change after the Wentworth result.

Daily Links Oct 20

Those who disparaged ‘The Limits to Growth’, the Club of Rome’s seminal work on resource availability and use under a range of possible futures, might have to endure the taste of ‘umble pie’. As poet James Elroy Flecker observed, ‘men are unwise and curiously planned’. We might stay gender specific here, even Maggie Thatcher knew we needed to do something about curbing resource use.And thanks to webmaster and web maestro Simon Darwent (see for the website he created for me – he could do one for you too) for forwarding the list during my central Asian odyssey.

What is it with night parrots, John Young and hanky-panky?

John Young brought home the holy grail of Australian bird-watching – he found night parrots. But then the story gets murky. Penny Olsen’s book Nigh Parrot gives the detail that the keenest of birders want, the story behind every sighting ever made right up to today’s conservation efforts for the known populations and the work underway to establish if there are more. This Audubon Society magazine article gives the summary that almost every other birder wants. Why does it have to be this way? As the poet James Elroy Flecker observed, ‘men are unwise and curiously planned’.

Daily Links Oct 19

From: Maelor Himbury <>Date: 19 October 2018 at 09:25:25 AEDTTo: Undisclosed recipients:;Subject: Daily Links Oct 19 Post of the Day The hope at the heart of the apocalyptic climate change …